Early Canadian Life - Vol. 1 Dec. 1976 to 77 (”... a journalistic guide to the good life”)


Cat No.:   CA0295-1:

Published by us in Volumes starting in December 1976.

Our reproduction of this periodical resulted from an online discussion of some detail of pioneer life in Canada which has long since slipped into obscurity. The important outcome, however, was our introduction to Joyce Beaton who, together with her partner Janice Johnston, published this periodical between 1976 and 1980. While not in the front line of hard genealogical data the multitude of stories and articles in it do fill in a great deal of that all-iimportant background on our ancestors lives. It was for this reason that we are providing a wider availability of these original publications through the media of a digital format. Nominated as Best News Magazine in Canada in 1975 I cannot provide you with a better description that that given the first ever issue :

EARLY CANADIAN LIFE is a journalistic guide to the good life. . .packed with exciting news from the world of the arts. Plus lively features on heritage homes, interesting personalities, pure food cooking, good books, intriguing shops, new hobbies and unusual places to visit. The spice of life is what Early Canadian Life is all about!

Early Canadian Life is coincidentally born during the Christmas season. We hope you enjoy our new publication bringing you stories of our country's history, its unique architecture, art and culture. A special thank you to the talented Dundas artist Lynn Johnston whose artwork appears in our masthead.

Because it is the festive season our gift to you is the introduction of many talented Canadians. Maggie Lawson Pratt treats you to a stroll through antique and craft shops in Southern Ontario. Celia Kainz, a sculptor in her own right, visits fellow artists. The Canadian Bookworm, writer John Hearn, shares his expertise in collecting old books. As Helen Carter pursues her passion for hand-crafted items she invites us along to meet some of the interesting personalities she finds. Pam Sheldon has a natural curiosity and a talent for bringing out the best in her talks with people. Helen Godwin takes us back in time to Grandmere's kitchen. Her French heritage gives her access to family cooking secrets and she'll share them with us in each issue of Early Canadian Life. Potter Maureen McNaughton will be a regular columnist and Gerald Tooke will help craftspeople to avoid pitfalls when doing business. Resident astrologer, Ron Greening, will take us out of this world with astrological forecasts and readings. Mary Simpson, Alexandra Orwin, Ruth Coxe and Heather Easton have all contributed to our first issue. No doubt we'll be adding new names and faces as we grow. Kim Dadson, a journalism student at Ryerson in Toronto, is showing her natural bent with stories of craft shows she visits on our behalf.

We're sure you'll find our advertisers as interesting as our feature articles. It's our hope that by telling the story of the craftsperson we will encourage more people to search for a deeper meaning to life and to express it in an artform.

Early Canadian Life may suggest to you the life of the pioneer, or — if you are a newcomer to this country— it might be the day you stepped off the plane onto Canadian soil. We have an interesting and exciting history and everyday we're writing new pages. New Canadians bring their culture with them to make our mosaic attractive and ever-changing.

Volumes 2 - 4 will be available soon.

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No. of CDs is:  1 ;   Format is:  PDF ;   Searchable?:  YES;

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